Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Girls in the Garden

Last full day in China! Did a mini photoshoot with the girls dressed up. Charlotte is very camera shy, so it was quite a challenge. I had the boys behind me doing handstands and she still wouldn't crack! a few keepers....

God is good!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Shamain Island

We've spent some time on Shamain Island as we really enjoy the serenity it provides. We're not big city folks, and the slower pace and more openness is very relaxing. The kids have enjoyed the souvenir shopping too and have become quite the little barterers. They have also started practicing jianzi which is similar to hacky-sack. You can see many people playing this game all over the island. The boys brought their baseball gloves and played a little catch....they drew an audience of their own!! The bronze statues that are placed all over the island provided much entertainment for Charlotte and of course, we visited famous Lucy's for lunch for some American fare.

Had our consulate appointment today, and all that is left to do is pick up Charlotte's visa tomorrow. Home on Thursday!!!! We fly from Hong Kong to San Fransisco. Once Charlotte lands in SF she officially becomes a US citizen. 3 hours in SF, then off to Boston it is!

God is good!

Safari Park

We spent most of yesterday at the Safari Park here in Guangzhou. Sophie was SO excited to see her favorite animal...the panda! She was actually able to see 12 of them! Another CAWLI family who lives in China, and is adopting a 12 yo girl joined us on the adventure. We all had a great time!! Here are some favorite shots.....

God is good!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Nathan!

Happy 14th Birthday Nathan! You are such a fine gentleman and great big brother......Truly, such a gift from above! I love you!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Playground joy

There's an outdoor play area on the 4th floor of the hotel that we found today. It may not be big, but it provided much enjoyment for the kids...especially Charlotte! She just could not get enough! It was great to see her have so much fun, and the joy in her eyes, face and laughter was truly contagious.

We are so happy we brought the kids on this trip. They have done so well and have been so caring toward Charlotte. Despite the expense, it was the best decision ever! John and I love seeing how they all have taken Charlotte under their wings, and are able to experience this very special part of the journey.

God is so good!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Koi Pond

Koi pond

Guangzhou Garden Hotel

Just wanted to share some pictures taken pre-Charlotte....